Today I'm welcoming author Jason King to the blog to chat to us about writing, life, and his new novel Valcoria: Children of the Crystal Star.
KB: What do you write?
JK: I mainly like to write fantasy, but I’ve also written crime noir.
KB: Tell us about one of your books in 3 sentences.
JK: Valcoria is more than just a fantasy story. It is a tale that I believe can connect with fans of every genre. This is because it is an epic that explores themes of family, loss, faith, hope, and life beyond death.
KB: Why do you write? Give us three reasons.
JK: It’s part of who I am.
It challenges and fulfills me.
I just have to. I’ve tried to stop in the past, but wasn’t able to stay away from the craft.
KB: Complete the following sentences:
JK: My first ever published piece of writing was…The Lure of Fools.
A book about writing I love is…Million Dollar Outlines by David Farland.
A novel I love is…The Way of Kings.
My favorite place to write is…My book room at home.
Something/someone who helped me improve my writing is…James Wymore, author of Theocracide, Exacting Essence, The Actuator, and Salvation. He is the acquisitions editor who gave me my first break, and has been an awesome marketing mentor.
Writing is…like breathing.
Editing is…like getting a really good workout. It hurts, but in a good way that you know will make you better.
Publishing is…a dream come true.
KB: Describe yourself in six words.
JK: Mentally-Ill, Moody, Jovial, Hungry, weak-willed, blessed.
KB: Why are you blessed?
JK: I’m a Mormon, I have a beautiful wife, four wonderful children, a good job, and I’m a published author!
KB: What’s your next big writing challenge?
JK: Writing a worthy follow up to Valcoria. Writing a sequel is always scary, because not only does it have to measure up to the first book, but it has to be even better.
KB: What advice would you give to a brand new writer?
JK: Read, read, read, read. Don’t stop reading, especially the genre you want to write. And don’t give up no matter how many rejection letters you get. Also be open to criticism, and do whatever it takes to become a better writer.
KB: What does your current Twitter or other online profile say?
..."Past the sea and past the waves, our Fleet no longer lost his breath. Forever strong, forever fast, forever free to race the wind.” #brandonsanderson #stormlightarchive #fantasy
KB: What would you like it to say?
JK: Please read my book? Ha ha. It’s good, I promise.
KB: Where can we find you online, Jason?
KB: Thanks so much for joining us today, Jason. Wishing you much success in your writing career.
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